Locations

Locations
Where to go to take landscape photos is of course a matter of personal choice, and obviously depends on where you live. The internet is a big help in choosing locations, since there are a great many landscape photographers with excellent websites full of great photos. Typing "landscape photography" into Google will bring up hundreds of good sites, so narrow it down by adding locations close to where you live. Don't copy other people's photos, but use them as inspiration to go out and take your own.

Traditionally landscape photography means picturing just the shape and features of the land, and many photographers prefer to avoid including people and an-made structures in their photos, however in most developed countries it is almost impossible to find any landscape untouched by human influence, so at the risk of offending the purists a few buildings, hedgerows and roads wont ruin your picture, and can make interesting features in their own right. However try to portray how these features fit into the landscape, rather than focusing on them exclusively.

A big influence on your choice of location will be the time of year. In the spring and early summer farmland and open countryside looks its best, with the rich bright greens of new growth, however later in the year woodlands look their most spectacular, with the red, gold and brown of autumn leaves. Mountains look best in winter, with dramatic dark skies and plenty of snow. You can make and interesting study by photographing the same location at different times of year, recording the changing seasons in a series of pictures.

It's best to start close to home, with areas that you are familiar with and that you know how to get to. You may have passed a good location many times and thought "that'd make a nice photo"; well don't just think about it, get out there and take it! From there you can progress to more distant locations, perhaps planning weekends away in photogenic locations. Landscape photography is a rewarding hobby for anyone who likes to travel, and all that walking about carrying heavy camera gear will certainly help keep you fit. Just remember to plan your trips with care, and come back safely. We value our readers, and we'd hate to lose any!


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Link to Part 3 of this tutorial.

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